Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil must stop blocking Dáil speaking rights for North’s MPs - Carthy
Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has called on Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to cease their policy of denying Oireachtas speaking rights to MPs from the North.
Matt Carthy said:
"Yesterday's Westminster elections saw a massive endorsement of Sinn Féin’s rejection of the North being dragged out of the European Union against the expressed will of the people in the North.
“It was also an endorsement of our strategy for a United Ireland based on social justice and equality for all citizens.
"I want to extend congratulations to our newly elected MPs - Michelle Gildernew, Barry McElduff, Elisha McCallion and Chris Hazzard, and to Paul Maskey, Micky Brady and Francie Molloy on their re-election.
“Our MPs were returned on a very clear ticket of abstention from Westminster, and of shifting the axis of politics to the island of Ireland. This policy received the backing of the vast, vast majority of nationalists and republicans.
“Rather than respect this democratic mandate, the leader of Fianna Fáil Mícheal Martin and Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes, claiming to be concerned about parliamentary representation, today berated Sinn Féin for not to taking an oath of allegiance to a foreign monarch.
"However, their hypocrisy is exposed by the fact that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil refuse to allow Northern MPs speaking rights in the Dáil.
“If Mr Martin or Mr Hayes are genuinely concerned about parliamentary representation for people in the North they need to immediately end their opposition to Oireachtas speaking rights for MPs from the North.”